Our Psychologists

Sarah Gallacher and Rachel Roper are both Chartered/Registered Psychologists and are Chartered Members and Associate Fellows of the British Psychological Society. They each have over 16 years experience of Assessment work and delivering CBT based approaches.

Rachel Roper – after training and practicing as a qualified nurse, Rachel embarked upon a change of career and studied Psychology specialising in Forensics. She has a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology, as well as an Msc in Forensic Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Rachel joined the Scottish Prison Service in 2001 and has over 16years experience of working in prisons, working her way up from an Assistant Psychologist to Head of Psychology in HMP Edinburgh to a Principal Psychologist at Headquarters informing policy and practice across the Scottish estate. Rachel is well known in Scotland as an experienced risk assessor and is Accredited with the Risk Management Authority in Scotland undertaking intensive risk assessment reports for sentencing purposes for the Courts. Her main specialties are in assessing and treating sexual offenders, assessing violent offenders and undertaking personality assessments, in addition to experience of assessing domestic offenders, young offenders and working with individuals who have learning difficulties. Rachel also has considerable experience helping people deal with a variety of problems such as coping with anxiety, depression, OCD, anger, self-esteem issues, relationship problems, addictions, relationships and sexual functioning/relationships. Rachel offers professional supervision to candidates on the BPS diploma route for chartership and is the BPS Lead Assessor for Core Role 4.

Sarah Gallacher – Sarah is an experienced Psychologist who works with adults, families and adolescents. She has a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology, as well as an Msc in Forensic Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  After studying/training as a Forensic Psychologist Sarah worked in HMYOI Polmont before moving on to working across a range of secure units and residential schools.  She has extensive experience of working with adolescents experiencing a range of social, emotional, psychological and behavioural difficulties and with their families and others involved in their care.  Alongside this she has also worked in private hospitals and in the community with adults experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties. Sarah works with adolescents, adults and families to assess and treat a range of social, emotional, psychological, behavioural and mental health difficulties. She draws on a range of approaches including behavioural therapy, parent management training, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and pragmatic family therapies to help address these. She has also undertaken additional training and has experience of using a range of approaches to treating difficulties resulting from traumatic experiences.  These include eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR) and comprehensive resource model.